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Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) Brightens Nicely for Saint Patrick's Day

2 Mar 2013, 14:14 UTC
Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) Brightens Nicely for Saint Patrick's Day
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A new comet, called C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS), is expected to
become visible for a few weeks from approximately 10th March
in the western sky after sunset. The comet has come from the
Oort cloud, which comprises a vast swarm of comets
surrounding the solar system and extending more than halfway
to the nearest star, that is more than two light years from the
Sun.

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